Barbarians win Shetland rugby tournament

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A team of Banchory rugby players won the BP-Sullom Voe Shetland Mid-Summer Sevens Competition on Saturday June 25.

The Banchory Barbarians, captained by John Adams, won all six of their matches to win the trophy, beating fellow Aberdeenshire side ‘Super-Twa’s’ 19-12 in the final match.

The squad have all been playing rugby for many years - some on a casual basis, others for the district teams for Caledonian and the North East – but reunited for training in April specially to compete in the tournament.

Adams, who has represented Scotland at an age grade level, said: “We have all had a really enjoyable weekend, getting together as a team and, ultimately, winning the tournament.

“We were relatively surprised at our success as some of us have not played for some time, but it was awesome that we won the whole thing comfortably.”

The event consisted of twelve teams, four of which travelled on a 12 hour ferry from Aberdeen on the day before the event. Described as ‘two days of sociable, athletic mayhem’, it was the first year that the Banchory Barbarians entered.